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Marcy replied to the topic 'Wabash Cannonball February Song of the MonthThe Wa' in the forum. 2 hours 5 minutes ago

I bet you'll get the hang of learning by ear really quickly, Erk. In the way of encouragement, learning a tune by ear gets faster each time you do it. Find a version of the tune you really like--a version that grabs your interest and that you think is done well. Sing along until you've got the tune in your head. The cool thing about these old time tunes is that they were meant to be sung--sung by regular people just for the enjoyment of it. That's why I love this music! Even most of the tunes that now are known as instrumental fiddle tunes used to have words, and they're all such fun to sing. Once you've got the tune in your head, it'll come out really easily.

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Whiskat replied to the topic 'Introduction' in the forum. 3 hours 18 minutes ago

Welcome aboard the Harmonica Boat!

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Eric33 replied to the topic 'Wabash Cannonball February Song of the MonthThe Wa' in the forum. 4 hours 40 minutes ago

It!s me again Erk,try some of the tunes you were brought up with as a young lad,surely you can remember those.I.E. Your National Anthem,Frere Jaques,Happy Birthday,and simple tunes like those.Good Luck and keep puffing.

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Eric33 replied to the topic 'Wabash Cannonball February Song of the MonthThe Wa' in the forum. 4 hours 47 minutes ago

Hi Erk I am in total agreement with Sarge,unless you can read music.Eric33.

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Sarge replied to the topic 'Wabash Cannonball February Song of the MonthThe Wa' in the forum. 4 hours 58 minutes ago

Hey erk, keep listening to a tune until you can whistle it or hum it, then try doing it on the harmonica.

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Whiskat replied to the topic 'Hi, I'm back after a long absence' in the forum. 6 hours 28 minutes ago

Maestro! Welcome and thank you!

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erk replied to the topic 'Wabash Cannonball February Song of the MonthThe Wa' in the forum. 8 hours 3 minutes ago

Marcy, Jeremyh

I avoid tabs for the reasons both of you give. Hanging around here on this forum I sometimes think I am missing some fun so I go looking for the sheet music for the, "song of the month", so I can get the timing.

I have tried to learn songs by listening to them but have yet to figure out a technique for doing this, (maybe I am too impatient?), so I have given up on this. Maybe I should try a bit harder, (this is one reason I like this forum, it challenges me).

I do a lot of improvising trying to develop different techniques, slaps, octaves, tongue blocking and haven't concentrated on learning songs. But, again, this forum challenges me and is pushing me towards doing just that.

Still working on Cannonball.

ERK

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vicmale replied to the topic 'Hohner CX12 Jazz Harmonica' in the forum. 14 hours 45 minutes ago

Hello

I agree with Crawforde. There is hardly a difference worth bothering about whether the slide is a straight or a cross slide.

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Lithy created a new topic ' New tab request' in the forum. 15 hours 17 minutes ago

Hi club members.
Does anyone have or can acquire tabulation for that great harp playing by John Fogerty of CCR in 'Run Through The Jungle' ?

Thanks.
Lithy

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Lithy created a new topic ' Introduction' in the forum. 15 hours 26 minutes ago

Hi everyone.

Introducing myself to the club. Have been playing harp now around 2 1/2 years but not everyday over that period...unfortunately, we all have commitments right? But playing quite well. I enjoy it so much. Play blues mainly, love that sound. Looking to share knowledge, techniques, tips etc with club members. I live in Perth Western Australia but originally from UK.

Cheers.
Lithy

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gunsmoke commented on Harmlessonica's video 18 hours 55 minutes ago

Great job sound like you are playing to hard on the harmonica blow and draw your holes more easy. You will better tone and sound better. And you...

Summertime Harmonica 25-10-15

'Summertime' practice session, 25th October 2015

Marcy replied to the topic 'Wabash Cannonball February Song of the MonthThe Wa' in the forum. 19 hours 15 minutes ago

Yeah, the timing is so hard to figure out from tab and with the free tab on line, it seems like a few of the notes are just wrong some of the time. You get what you pay for I guess. Glad to hear the harmonica's coming along so well!

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I hope this post is in the right place .... Does anyone notice that a song that you seem sure will sound great on harmonica just ... doesn't? For... Show more

Harmlessonica Starting a topic in the discussion forum is probably best, as these wall posts can get pushed off screen pretty quick.

I'm not familiar with that...
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Harmlessonica Why not post your recording so other members can suggest specific tips? 10 hours 30 minutes ago
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Le Chef Thanks, Harmless. I will be posting one video per month, and I have plenty of songs in the pipeline that do not present this particular problem. I... Show more 10 hours 4 minutes ago
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gunsmoke commented on this video yesterday

Thanks I just made the the song up. just playing riffs

I'm Ready my version

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Crawforde replied to the topic 'Hohner CX12 Jazz Harmonica' in the forum. yesterday

I wouldn't worry about adapting between straight and cross slide too much.
I have chromes in both straight and cross slide, I really feel less difference between slide type than I do between mouthpiece shapes or keys. I believe the difference in slide throw is probably 1mm or less, never measured it though.

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SWAPAN DEB replied to the topic 'Hohner CX12 Jazz Harmonica' in the forum. yesterday

Thanks Vicmale to clear my confusion. Though I am very much happy with my Saxony Orchestra but, after going through many reviews on Scx12, I was thinking about the model.

I actually habituated to play straight slide and not confident enough that I would manage to play cross slide. What do you think?

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vicmale replied to the topic 'Hohner CX12 Jazz Harmonica' in the forum. yesterday

Hello Swaban

I forgot to say that the Suzuki SCX (all models) are cross slide. The Suzuki Sirius 56 has a straight and a crosslide.
Generally, crosslide is supposed to give more volume to the tone due to the more large holes.

Vicmale

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vicmale replied to the topic 'Hohner CX12 Jazz Harmonica' in the forum. yesterday

Hello

I am absolutely sure that this is so. I have a CX12 and it is crosslide. I also have a Seydel Saxony which is straight slide.
You can see this on the front of the mouthpiece. The CX12 has the first, third, fifth hole open in the upper section when the slide is out send, fourth, sixth hole open in the lower, etc. Vice versa when the slide is in.
On the Seydel all holes are open in the upper section and closed in the lower section when the slide is out.
I think that the CX12 is great instrument with a lot of volume and maintenance is easy. It is very responsive also in the lowest holes.

Regards
Vicmale

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jeremyh replied to the topic 'Wabash Cannonball February Song of the MonthThe Wa' in the forum. yesterday

Thanks Marcy, the main problem with tab is that it gives you no indication of how long the notes are.

I'll give these a try as I'd like to improve my ability to pick up tunes by ear, often in a session you'll hear a tune and no one, not even the chap playing it will know what it's called, either that or he's got a different name to everyone else :)

It seems to be coming easier on the harmonica then it does on the mandolin for some reason, I have got Howard's first four tunes without much trouble, maybe I knew them pretty well anyway.

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